Rapist hunt after Gorebridge woodland attack

A man who sexually assaulted a woman in broad daylight is being hunted by police.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 14th June 2013, 5:01 pm
Picture: TSPL
Picture: TSPL

• Man sought by police after woman raped in woodland near Gorebridge

• Suspect described as white male in mid-20s, 6ft 3in with slim build

The victim, aged in her early 20s, was raped on Friday May 17 in woodlands in the Gore Glen Country Park/Arniston Estate area near Gorebridge, Midlothian.

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The male suspect is described as being white, in his mid-20s, 6ft 3in, with a slim build and short fair hair. He was wearing faded blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

The victim was white and had dark shoulder-length hair.

Police Scotland officers are trying to trace people who may have spoken to or seen a distressed woman in that area or remember seeing the woman with a man in the woods or in Gorebridge.

They particularly want to talk to any dog walkers who were in the area on the day in question between 1pm and 4pm.

It is understood the victim reported the attack to police last week.

Police said they have conducted local inquiries and have a positive lead but are keen to hear from anyone with information that can help the investigation.

People can contact police on 101 or via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.